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The Earlier Life of Ferdinand Magellan
We're Off to Visit Asia!
Magellan thought that there would have to be a shorter way to get to Asia from Portugal then to sail around the bottom tip of Africa and then back the same way, which took about one and a half years there and back. He thought that the Americas were close to Asia so he decided that instead of going east to Asia he would go west to reach the top of South America, go to Asia and then continue west to get back to Portugal, completing the first known circumnavigation which he knew would give him much fame and riches.
the exploration of south america
Magellan thought that he found his strait, so he sent the Santiago to explore. It took nearly two weeks for the Santiago and its crew to return and they did so with bad news. What Magellan thought was his strait to Asia was actually a very wide, dangerous river. After this they continued to head south, along the coast of what is now known as Argentina.
Along the way they found animals like they had never seen before. A crew member named Antonio Pigafetta described the new birds as "geese." We now know of these birds as penguins. The birds and seals provided enough food for the whole crew. As they went south of the equator, they were hit by cool winds and dangerous storms that banged up the ships. South of the equator the seasons are reversed making it Autumn in February.
mutiny (of the ship)
the natives of patagonia
Magellan named the natives Patagonians from the word pata meaning paw in Spanish because the animal skins on their feet made them look like they had paws for feet. These natives were actually called Tehuelches. Eventually some of the natives became friendly with the crew and let them share dinner with them and excepted their gifts. Magellan decided he wanted to take some of the Patagonians with them back to Portugal and tricked two of them into putting chains in them selves. Neither of the Patagonians survived the trip
the final ending
On April 27, Magellan led his forty-nine soldiers to attack Mactan. However, they were far out numbered and much less armed. Magellan fought hard and strong, getting wounded but continued to go. Finally Magellan could fight no more and got stabbed in the back by several spears and died.